It has been very dry and very very cold at the start of December. Brass monkey weather all over again!! I know November was one of the mildest on record, which I have no complaints about. Anyway, December came and the mercury in the thermometer just dropped out the bottom of it, it went that cold. I know -9C probably isn’t too cold for some people, but to me, any feeling I have stops at around -5C and I become Zombified.
I know some people say I become Zombified at much higher temperatures than that, but that’s another story. As it became colder and I spent most of the time literally fire fighting to keep the house warm, strange things started to happen. Not that strange, because it has happened before. Nearly everyone and everything started to produce awful, painful shocks whenever I would touch them. The sparks were also accompanied by a loud snapping sound, similar to a Christmas cracker being pulled at a party.
I know the cause of it, dehydration. It’s so painful, spark, crack, OUCH!!! And it’s the same for the other person too. However, it’s not only people but anything that is metal. Door knobs, car door handles, wood burner door, ash bucket, cutlery, door knockers oh and people, the list is almost endless. My wife goes to the shops, I say goodbye to her and as she leaves she goes to give me a kiss, crack, ouch what the #* was that? It is so painful. I shut the door and touch the handle, crack, OUCH, OH MY!!! I want water, but I’m frightened to touch the tap! What a dilemma.
I did finally find a bottle of unopened still water which, being plastic, didn’t pose a threat of electrocution when I picked it up. I really have no idea why being dehydrated makes you like a walking pylon, but it does and of course, it’s such an easy solution to stop the welding sparks. You don’t have to touch the other person either. A friend called in and I made him a cup of tea and all I did was pass him the cup and as he put his hand out, spark, crackkkk, what the ## was that?
I have cured myself of this perpetual sparking by drinking plenty of water. However, I am left with a habit that is driving me mad. I cannot go by a doorknob, handle or even a knife and fork without putting gloves on first to stop the chance of those painful sparks that HURT SO MUCH!!! I will get through it but what a dilemma! This just leaves me to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and may 2023 be your year. Thank you.
If you’re interested in this phenomenon, here’s a website.